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Children can ultimately take a lot from you (not that you'd have it any other way). There's your free time and energy, the contents of your fridge, your disposable income, and of course—your heart. After childbirth, you may be wondering what became of something else that you appreciated without truly realizing it. What happened to the elasticity of your vagina?
Spontaneous Vaginal Delivery
Most instances of vaginal delivery are formally classified as spontaneous, although that term may be misleading. You're aware of your expected delivery date, you go into (non-induced) labor, are admitted to the hospital, and then don't require manual intervention (such as the use of forceps) for your baby to exit the birth canal. It sounds easy in theory, but even the most straightforward of vaginal deliveries can leave their mark.
Trauma and Injury
Not everyone will need or want to consider vaginal rejuvenation after childbirth, but it's a valid choice if your vagina experienced minor trauma or injury during delivery. Though these outcomes are not life-threatening, they can impact your quality of life. The stretching of your tissues can lead to reduced sensation during sexual intercourse, as well as a feeling of general discomfort. Urination and menstruation may also become uncomfortable due to changes experienced during childbirth. These symptoms are all indications that you may benefit from treatment to restore your vagina.
Post-childbirth vaginal rejuvenation is often achieved via minor reconstructive surgery—namely a vaginoplasty. Yes, it's surgery, but rest assured that it is generally considered a minor procedure. The specifics of the surgery will depend on your needs but may involve a reduction of the size of your introitus (the vaginal opening, which may have torn during delivery). Additionally, sagging tissues inside the vaginal cavity might be sutured to increase overall tightness. Any extra folds of skin that may have developed due to childbirth can be surgically removed.
Vaginal reconstruction is, of course, completely at your discretion, and is only medically necessary in cases of severe trauma to the vagina, which can be indicated by excessive hemorrhaging, either intrapartum (during delivery) or postpartum (following delivery). However, any post-childbirth changes to your vaginal tissues should be discussed with your physician. Lesser changes may be self-correcting (the affected tissues will slowly restore themselves), but it can be that your particular symptoms need reconstructive surgery.
The vaginal reconstruction process can be as involved as it needs to be, but in many cases, it's simply intended to be restorative—returning the vagina to as close to its pre-childbirth state as possible.